A net zero carbon McDonald’s has opened up in the UK in Market Drayton and it is believed to be a UK first. The wind turbine and solar panel-powered restaurant uses recycled IT equipment and household goods for the building’s cladding. Furthermore, signs are made from used coffee beans and insulation is provided by sheep wool. This is a major step towards bettering the environment for the fast-food company. McDonalds even claimed that this UK model would be used as a ‘blueprint’ for other sites and work on these sites has already started rolling out.

The UK has had countless of business successes throughout the years from a variety of industries. A case in point is the recent Vivien Wong’s business of Little Moons, a London-run business, bringing Japanese mochi desserts to Waitrose and Whole Foods freezers. Little Moons now has an annual turnover of £3 million. The Cambridge Satchel Company is another successful example by Julie Deane. The company consists of British leather schoolbag satchels, all made in the UK, and the company now has a cult following internationally. Another successful industry in the UK is online gambling. Bet365 is one such example, a British online gambling company, founded by Denise Coates, which provides some of the best online slots. From a very humble beginning, Bet365 is now a global company with over 53 million users, 5,000 employees, and 4 billion dollars in annual revenue.

McDonalds’ net-zero restaurant is the first outlet in the UK that will be verified as having net zero emissions for construction using the UK Green Building Council’s net zero carbon buildings framework. Net zero here means not adding to the amount of greenhouses gases in the atmosphere.

McDonald’s spokeswoman Beth Hart said: ‘We’ve already started to roll out some of these innovations to other restaurants, but what is exciting about Market Drayton is the fact it will act as a blueprint for our future new builds. We believe that our food needs to be served in restaurants that are sustainable for the future. Market Drayton is a big step towards making that a reality.’

Senior lecturer in the environment and sustainability at Keele University, Dr Sharon George, said the move was a ‘positive step’ and a sign that the company was recognising that ‘society’s view of sustainability’ was changing.

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.